When I was about six years old, I would sing my heart out to this tune blar­ing on the radio in my mom’s late-​eighties Honda Accord. It was an absolute high­light of Christ­mas­time. Sadly, it doesn’t have the same impact on me today but the sea­son just isn’t com­plete with­out this clas­sic. Enjoy The Boss’ (I’m from Jer­sey so I’m allowed to say that) ren­di­tion recorded live in 1975.

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You bet­ter watch out
You bet­ter not cry
You bet­ter not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is com­ing to town…

He’s mak­ing a list
He’s check­ing it twice
He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice
Santa Claus is com­ing to town

He sees you when you’re sleep­ing
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
You bet­ter good for good­ness’ sake!

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” from the sin­gle My Home­town. Per­formed by Bruce Spring­steen. ℗1985 Colum­bia Records. Writ­ten by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gille­spie. ©1934 EMI Feist Cat­a­log /​Haven Gille­spie Music Pub­lish­ing /​Larry Spier Music (admin. by Mark Spier Mem­ory Lane Music Group) (ASCAP)